intersectionality

  • Activism

    A Social Justice Argument For Spoiler Warnings

    With the impending release of a certain Long Awaited Movie, there has been an uptick in concerns about spoilers on social media. In response, some people have posted pledges not to spoil the Long Awaited Movie on their Facebook and Twitter accounts, or have promised to use spoiler warnings before doing so. In response to this phenomenon there has been…

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  • Religion
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    Fellow Atheists: Quit Bragging About Our Prison Underrepresentation

    Dan Arel’s piece on atheists and the prison population has been making the rounds, along with the seemingly inevitable assertion that the statistics prove that atheists are no less (and perhaps) more moral than theists. I understand the impulse. Truly, I do. Every time I speak at a high school or in any other context where I’m engaging a theist…

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  • Feminism

    On the Pulse of Mourning: Maya Angelou & Me

    I owe an apology to someone who, as of this morning, will never be able to hear it: Dr. Maya Angelou. A decade and a half ago, I was an adolescent attending secular public school after seven years of Islamic institutions. Our eighth grade literature textbook contained an excerpt from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: the chapter about Mrs. Flowers. As I…

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  • Meta Stuff

    ICYMI: August 25 – August 31 on the Skepchick Network

    Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 62: Spin Cycle Mindy eats crow and does some physics. GISHWHES! Olivia puts all the world’s horribleness to the side and goes on the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World has Ever Seen. The Narnia Dilemma Zhanpei loves the Narnia books. But she recognizes that they are, in many ways, problematic. Mad Art Lab…

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  • Feminism

    For Hire: Jerkface Detection Services

    The first time I spoke up, it wasn’t because I had a political agenda. I was vaguely feminist, sure, but I wasn’t one of those over-sensitive types who whined about everything and said “privilege” a lot. It wasn’t because I wanted attention, either. As a matter of fact, it was because I didn’t want the attention in question. I wanted to define…

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  • Afternoon Inquisition

    AI: What to Call Non-Alt Med?

    Yesterday, Carrie Poppy and I had a great conversation sparked by my re-tweeting of Sarah Moglia. https://twitter.com/futilityfiles/status/359389572012064769 Click here for the full conversation. Basically, I used the term “Western medicine” which Carrie called out for its potentially xenophobic implications, suggesting “standard medicine” instead. Sarah agreed that the term “Western medicine” is problematic. The problem with “standard,” of course, is that…

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  • Featured

    What Do You See? The Blinding Whiteness of Feminism

    Warning: NSFW for artsy nudity. I have been a self-identified feminist for longer than I have been a self-identified [insert any other label with which I currently associate myself here]. I also am of the belief that, in those immortal and eminently quotable words from Tiger Beatdown, my feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit. Just as can be case…

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  • Featured

    So You Want to Talk About Eugenics

    It is a truth universally acknowledged via various classifications of fallacy (ad hominem, guilt by association, and so on) that one cannot discount an argument or premise solely due to its origin. On the other hand, to argue that a concept is meritorious because a hypothetical version of it that has never existed in reality would be a lovely thing (especially if the concept…

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